30 Jan '14, 9pm

Smart homes and smart phones: a way into homeowners' hearts (and minds).

Smart homes and smart phones: a way into homeowners' hearts (and minds).

FLIR's iPhone app turns your phone into an IR camera for just $350. I remember my parents getting our family’s first computer from my school in the ’90s. It was small and the screen was black with green lettering. It was primarily for communication between parents and teachers, but it was cool and it was useful. Our next computer took residence on a huge desk right near our dining room table. I didn’t use it much, but I watched my parents and my older brother explore this new world of technology. This past Christmas, my 5-year-old niece asked for (and got) an Amazon Kindle for Christmas. My 7-year-old nephew has owned his own laptop for two years. If I’m being honest, this craving for technology at such a young age scares me. Yes, there are positives: Kids can interact and learn with games, they can read books, and they learn to problem-solve—to name a few. But it really w...

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